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Archero guide: Best heroes, abilities, talents, tier lists, and more!

We've put together the ultimate Archero guide, with everything you need to progress in the game!
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June 29, 2022
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Archero is a deceptively simple game, but pushing into new chapters can be very difficult without the right knowledge. To help you progress we’ve put together this Archero guide, covering everything from basic gameplay to hero and ability tier lists for beginners and veterans alike.

While this article serves as a general-purpose Archero guide full of useful tips and tricks, we’ve put together two other guides which you can see below. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Archero gameplay, heroes, abilities, talents, and more!

How to dodge enemy attacks

The very first thing you’ll need to master in Archero is dodging enemy attacks. Dealing more damage can help you finish levels more quickly, but if you run out of health it’s game over!

The big tip here is to keep your eyes on your hero. You might be tempted to look around the screen or follow specific attacks, but this is a mistake. If you are focusing on a single bullet, the odds of getting hit by another are much higher than if you watch your own character, especially as things get more hectic in later levels.

Keep your movements as short as possible.

When you do move, try to keep your movements as tight as possible. A short swipe is often all it takes. If you hold on and run all the way across the screen, you’re more likely to run into multiple bullets and quickly deplete your HP.

Obviously, as you play you will also learn the attack patterns of enemies, which makes dodging much easier. Also, certain types of Archero equipment and abilities can boost the stat called dodge (causing attacks that hit you to occasionally miss), but you should never rely on this. Learning how to move your character effectively will pay huge dividends later on.

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Archero devil: How to summon and when to skip

Archero devil - how to summon

The Archero devil is the only way to access certain powerful abilities (including duplicate multishots, through the wall, and extra life), although they will come at a significant cost to your maximum HP (20%). But before we get into that, you should first know how to summon him.

To guarantee an appearance from the Archero devil after a boss fight, you have to beat the boss without getting hit by any attacks. He may still appear if you do get hit, but most of the time it will spawn the spinning wheel instead.

Once he does appear, you need to decide whether or not it’s worth it to sacrifice a percentage of your max HP for a single ability. If your max HP is already low, you may open yourself up to a quick death from hard-hitting opponents. For fairly run-of-the-mill abilities you may want to pass.

Guarantee a devil appearance by defeating the boss without getting hit.

We have a full Archero ability tier list later in this guide, but as a general rule, you should always take Extra Life and try to take Through The Wall and Water Walking where possible. These last two not only make it much easier to dodge attacks, but they also boost damage by 15%.

It’s worth mentioning that there are situations where you don’t want to summon the Archero devil. If you don’t want to sacrifice max HP or are trying to farm up gems, take a hit just before finishing the boss to reduce its chance of spawning.

Angels: Abilities or health?

Unlike the Archero devil, angels offer two good choices every time you meet them. One is a minor ability or max HP boost, and the other is raw healing.

Although the abilities on offer aren’t very powerful, always try to grab them when you arrive at an angel. They add up in the long run, and you can always pick up more healing red hearts in later stages.

The major exception is when you are very low on health. If you think you might die in the next room, by all means the healing is a better choice. That said, if you’ve managed to collect an extra life ability your health will be fully restored anyway.

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Archero talent guide

Archero talent guide

Archero talents are by far one of the most critical elements of progressing in the game. Not only can they provide stat bonuses you can’t get anywhere else like enhanced equipment bonuses and healing upon level up, but these bonuses also persist across every Archero hero and run.

You can’t choose which talents to unlock, but they do unlock in a particular order. Your first upgrade will unlock Glory, which is easily the best talent in the game. It provides a single ability at the start of each run, which can be game-changing for boss-heavy areas like chapter 7. Unlike other talents, it maxes out at level one.

Coins spent on talents are always well spent.

Other Archero talents max out at level 10, and are unlocked in a specific order. The exact order doesn’t really matter, but you should try to upgrade 22 times as soon as possible, as this unlocks the final talent: Time Reward. This will build up coins and scrolls over time, even when you’re not playing the game!

As a general rule though, you can never go wrong upgrading Archero talents. Consider them coins well invested in your progression. To see a full list of talents and when they’ll be unlocked, check out this spreadsheet created by the Archero community.

Archero hero mode: Is it worth it?

Hero mode is a harder game mode that unlocks early in the game. In it, each stage is filled with more obstacles and spikes, and some enemies are significantly stronger.

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Despite this, the rewards are exactly the same as normal mode. If you’re just looking to farm coins and gems, there is no reason to run hero mode over normal mode.

That said, hero mode does have its own clear rewards, so you should still try to clear each chapter once to collect them. Just don’t make it a priority.

Archero gem spending guide

Archero guide: gems

Gems are the most precious resource in Archero, so you should be careful about spending them. Before you starting shelling out for temporary deals on equipment and scrolls, you should know that there are much better things to save up for.

The best things to buy with gems are heroes. Two of the three Archero heroes that you can purchase with gems are top tier (Helix and Meowgik), but they cost 1500 and 1800 gems, respectively. It can take several weeks to farm up enough gems for just one of these heroes, but it’s more than worth it.

Next up you should pick up extra hatchery slots. This will greatly speed up how quickly you can hatch eggs and increase the strength of your monsters.

Once you’ve picked up these two heroes and upgraded your hatchery, the best uses of gems are extra attempts of Ancient Maze if you’re farming or equipment chests. Saving up for the Obsidian Chest x10 is obviously the best value, but it can be difficult to save 2600 gems. Another option is opening individual Obsidian Chests, which provide a discount on subsequent opens. This means that by saving a more reasonable 840 gems you can open three Obsidian Chests in a row.

Best Archero hero

Archero hero guide

Any Archero guide wouldn’t be complete without talking about heroes. Next to your weapon, the Archero hero that you pick will have the biggest impact on your gameplay. This also means that like weapons, the best Archero hero for you will depend largely on your preferences.

It’s also worth noting that you should try to upgrade all heroes to level 20, even if you don’t intend on using them. 

Still, some heroes have more potential than others. We’ve dropped a full Archero hero tier list below (listed in order of strength), but you’ll be relieved to know that some of the best Archero heroes can be unlocked without spending any real-world money. It’s also worth noting that while a lot of this is subjective, everyone in the community agrees that Atreus is the worst of the lot, so pick up a new hero as soon as you can!

ProsCons
Meowgik
Pros
-Passive attacks can pass through walls
-High base stats and growth values
-Can be unlocked for free
Cons
-Takes time to save up 1800 gems
Shingen
Pros
-Very high base stats and growth rate
-Unique and useful abilities
Cons
-Costs (a lot of) real money
Sylvan
Pros
-Very high base stats
-Best growth values in the game
-Elemental attacks increase base damage
Cons
-Costs (a lot of) real money
Melinda
Pros
-Highest base stats and growth rate in the game
-Excellent ability
Cons
-Costs (a lot of) real money
Helix
Pros
-Rage ability is always useful
-High base HP
-Fairly easy to unlock
Cons
-Takes time to save up 1500 gems
Phoren
Pros
-Flame effect boosts damage
-Unlockable with only coins
Cons
-Low base stats
-Spending coins delays other upgrades
Ophelia
Pros
-High base stats and growth rate
-Ability increases strength passively
Cons
-Costs real money
-Unreliable ability
Iris
Pros
-Very high HP stat
-Useful ability
-Unlockable with shards
Cons
-Middling attack
-Shards hard to collect
Rolla
Pros
-High base attack
-Growth values and bonuses favor attack
Cons
-Costs real money
-Freeze can throw off attack patterns
Shade
Pros
-High base stats and growth rate
-Interesting ability
Cons
-Costs real money
Taranis
Pros
-Solid base stats and growth rate
-Lightning effect boosts damage
Cons
-Easily the worst hero that costs gems
Bonnie
Pros
-High base stats and growth values
Cons
-Costs real money
-Skill not useful against bosses
Ryan
Pros
-Built-in Extra Life
-High HP
-Unlockable with shards
Cons
-Low attack
-Hard to collect shards
Shari
Pros
-Unique ability
-Unlockable for free with shards
Cons
-Low base stats
-Hard to collect shards
Onir
Pros
-High base stats and growth values
Cons
-Holy effect is situational at best
-Costs money
-Easily the worst pay-to-play hero
Urasil
Pros
-Unlocked for free in chapter 2
Cons
-Low base stats and growth values
Atreus
Pros
-Starting hero
Cons
-Low base stats and growth values
-No ability

Best Archero abilities/skills

Archero ability guide

The final thing we’ll touch on in this basic Archero guide is abilities (or skills). Which abilities you pick up in any given run can have a major effect on your chances of success. A few lucky options early in a run can set you up for an easy downhill ride to the end of the chapter.

While there are definitely good and bad Archero abilities, ideal choices will depend on the weapon you’re using. Tornado, for example, has a built-in pierce and bouncy wall effect, so adding those skills again will actually reduce overall damage.

Here is a simple Archero ability tier list, focusing just on the abilities that are worth picking up. Others excluded from the list, like Spirit Attack boosts, Meteors, Sword abilities, and Smart, are generally not worth prioritizing in any situation. Again though, personal preferences play a big role, so focus on what you enjoy using.

TierAbilityEffectNotes
Tier
SSS
Ability
Multishot
Effect
-Adds an extra attack
-Reduces damage by 10%
-Reduces attack speed by 15%
Notes
-Top tier
-Duplicates can be obtained from the devil
Tier
SSS
Ability
Extra Life
Effect
-Revives hero at 100% HP upon death
Notes
-Only obtained from devil
-Always pick this up
Tier
SSS
Ability
Rage
Effect
-Increases damage by a percentage of missing health
Notes
-Always pick this up
-Helix starts with this ability
Tier
SS
Ability
Front Arrow
Effect
-Adds an extra arrow shooting forward
-Reduces base damage by 25%
Notes
-Excellent choice for most weapons
-Do not pick up with stalker staff
Tier
SS
Ability
Wingman
Effect
-Pets block incoming projectiles
Notes
-Best defensive ability
-All pets have the same hitbox
Tier
SS
Ability
Invincibility Star
Effect
-Become invincible for two seconds every 10 seconds
Notes
-Great defensive option in all chapters
Tier
SS
Ability
Slow Projectile
Effect
-Slows down enemy projectices
Notes
-Great defensive option
Tier
SS
Ability
Ricochet
Effect
-Projectiles bounce to up to three enemies
-Damage reduced by 30% per bounce
Notes
-Great for clearing hordes of enemies
-Pick this up early to speed up any run
Tier
S
Ability
Dwarf
Effect
-Increase crit rate by 10%
-Decrease character size
Notes
-Makes it easier to dodge enemy attacks
Tier
S
Ability
Pierce
Effect
-Projectiles pass through enemies
-Damage reduced by 33% per enemy
Notes
-Slightly worse than ricochet, but still good
-Do not pick up with tornado, as it reduces damage
Tier
S
Ability
Bouncy Wall
Effect
-Projectiles bounce off of walls
-Damage reduced by 50% per bounce
Notes
-Great for chapters with many obstacles
-Do not pick up with tornado, as it reduces damage
Tier
S
Ability
Diagonal Arrows
Effect
-Fires two additional arrows diagonally
Notes
-Very strong, especially with stalker staff
-Synergizes well with bouncy wall
Tier
S
Ability
Attack Boost, Attack Speed Boost, and HP Boost
Effect
-Increases damage by 30%, attack speed by 25%, or max HP by 20%
-Damage and attack speed are additive bonuses
Notes
-Attack speed boost is generally the best choice
-First pick up of attack boost and attack speed boost offer the biggest increase
Tier
S
Ability
Crit Master
Effect
-Crit chance increased by 10%
-Crit damage increased by 40%
Notes
-Synergizes well with brave bow
-Gets stronger the more you pick up
Tier
S
Ability
Dodge Master and Agility
Effect
-Increases dodge by 20% (Dodge Master)
-Increases dodge by 0.3% per 1% missing health (Agility)
Notes
-Good passive defensive options
-Synergizes well with dodge equipment
Tier
A
Ability
Rear Arrows and Side Arrows
Effect
-Shoots one arrow backwards (rear arrows)
-Shoots one arrow to each side (side arrows)
Notes
-Synergizes well with bouncy wall
-Great choice with stalker staff
Tier
A
Ability
Elemental abilities
Effect
-Adds elemental effect to your arrows
-Currently five different types
Notes
-Synergize well with ricochet or piercing shot
-Freeze element is the least useful
Tier
A
Ability
Headshot
Effect
-12.5% chance to kill mobs instantly
-Triggered by ricochet, pierce, and even pet attacks
Notes
-Good choice for chapters with many enemies
-Unreliable
Tier
A
Ability
Shield Guard
Effect
-Two shields rotate around you, blocking projectiles
Notes
-One of the weaker defensive options, but still useful
Tier
A
Ability
Strike abilities
Effect
-Summons a sword dealing 150% damage and applying an elemental effect
Notes
-Freeze is the worst option
Tier
A
Ability
Crit Aura and Speed Aura
Effect
-Greatly increases crit chance or attack speed for two seconds every eight seconds
Notes
-Synergize well with each other
-Generally worse than flat bonuses
Tier
B
Ability
Bloodthirst
Effect
-Restores 1.5% of max HP per kill
Notes
-More reliable than strong heart ability
Tier
B
Ability
Plus abilities
Effect
-Increases attack, attack speed, max HP, or crit when a room is cleared without getting hit
-Does not work on angel rooms
Notes
-Higher max bonus than flat bonuses, but unreliable
-Not good for short chapters
Tier
B
Ability
Water Walker and Through the Wall
Effect
-Allows you to walk through walls or over water
-Through the Wall also allows you to walk over spikes
-Increases damage by 15%
Notes
-Only available from devil
-Makes it easier to dodge attacks
-Some weapons can fire while inside walls
Tier
B
Ability
Holy Touch
Effect
-Attacks that connect send two projectiles perpendicularly dealing 60% damage
Notes
-Decent for hordes of enemies
-New projectiles can look like enemy attacks